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rocktober: what i love about this month

I’m a native California girl and I live for Summer. I can’t wait for it to arrive, and I’m depressed when it ends. I realize I sound like a whiny-ass, but it’s not my fault and it’s not fair that we can’t have sunshine and 78 degrees all year. Once I get past the short term depression, the feeling that I woke up looking older, the killer constriction of closed-toed shoes, and dining indoors (yeah, it takes awhile) I get excited about things that only seem right in October. Hello, Comfort Food. Oh how I’ve missed you. I love a good salad but nothing is better than Mac & Cheese. I don’t care if it’s gourmet with gruyere and crunchy stuff on top or right out of the Kraft Mac n Cheese box. It’s all good. Stew is another big favorite for my family, it simmers all day while we’re at work and my whole house smells awesome when I get home. I also dive into an uncontrolled baking frenzy as soon as the temperature drops. I’ll be baking coffee cake and chocolate chip cookies this week. If I can’t be in my garden, I’ll just be in my kitchen. Check out some great Mac and Cheese recipes from Martha Stewart. Also these stew recipes sound delicious, Williams-Sonoma. The pork and pumpkin stew seems particularly fitting for October. I realize I recently bitched about closed toed shoes, but who doesn’t love her boots? My nickname was “Boots” when I was a kid because I only wanted to wear my white, lace up patent leather boots. All the time. Even...

season switch up

Spring is here and I am happy to have things around me that feel like spring to me. I love having fresh flowers in vases, eating cool salads, and wearing flip flops (even without a tan). My house gets happy too with colorful throw pillows and rugs. I used to reserve this transition for December when I love to get ready to display the holiday joy by switching up the accent pillows, throw rugs, and decorations for the month. I thought why not update the décor of our home throughout the year? This doesn’t mean you need repaint your house and buy new furniture every three months too keep up with the changing seasons (unless you have a trust fund, disposable income or a money tree growing in your backyard). Simply, can refresh the look of your home if you change your accent pillows and rugs with the seasons. If you are afraid of commitment or have a limited budget the easiest thing to do is grab a few pillows with the colors you love or whatever feels like the season to you. The fun thing about throw pillows is that they are the quickest way to change the mood of the room. I hear this often that if you paint a bright color in a room you are stuck with specific colors. As the examples show, even if you have painted a bright blue wall in your living room, it can fit in with different color palettes to reflect the season. I think it feels really modern and fresh. The image shows four different ways you can decorate...